As the UK’s top paediatric doctors warn of the devastating impact of children swallowing button batteries, we meet some of the team from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) who care for the patients who have suffered from this ingestion injury.
In April 2015, two-year-old Valeria swallowed a watch battery that caused serious damage in her chest. Over a year later, and with Valeria still needing regular procedures at GOSH, her mum Jelena tells their story.
Nine-year-old Alfie, from Aberdeen, has lots of favourite things about school but his top four are “being with his friends, taking part in gym, big maths and computers”. He is being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for a rare condition that causes benign tumours to spread throughout the body. Alfie’s mum, Tracy, tells us why she is so proud of her son on his first day back at school.
In Autumn 2015, Gabriella’s arms and legs started aching and a butterfly-shaped rash appeared on her face. In October, Gabriella was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where within an hour she was diagnosed as having juvenile dermatomyositis, an auto immune disease known as JDM that affects just three children in a million.
On Wednesday 25 May, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP hosted a special reception at Number 11 Downing Street to celebrate the success of the Evening Standard and Independent Newspaper’s Christmas appeal ‘Give to GOSH’.
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On May 4, Disney, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and The Sun paired up with Star Wars fundraising initiative #ForceForChangeto give the hospital a Star Wars-themed makeover. Both The Sun and Disney kindly agreed match every pound donated, up to £100,000.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Citizens Advice Camden service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to see how it provides vital support to families while their children are in the hospital’s care.